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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah December 2nd 2006

When I accepted this job I took note of the fact that it is currently winter here at the moment and temperatures usually reach into the mid 20's. Talking to a few of the locals, it has rained here 4 times in the last 2 years. I've been here about 7 days now and believe it or not it has rained for three of those days! The funny thing is, is that because it just doesn't rain here the city engineers didn't construct any form of drainage so lakes have been formed on roads that come up above the bottom of doors. Bailey and myself took off to the sevens yesterday to try in get in to a sold out tournament. We didn't manage to but some how we ended up having these two girls looking ... read more
One of Many

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 2nd 2006

Link to the video I made of the pictures and video on YOUTUBE.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQLJ4zy_jgs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dubai is a combination between Las Vegas, Miami Beach and all the planets in Star Wars. It has huge buildings with tons of lights and things to catch your eye, there are man-made waterfalls everywhere, flashy Bentleys and Porsches everywhere you look and even the taxis are BMWs. The Miami Beach part brings a lot of palm trees and a beach with lots of men in thongs. Star Wars comes in with Dubai’s huge building, called the Burj Al Arab, with a bar that hangs off the top in an oval shape and on the other side has a huge helicopter-landing pad. At night they have a sequence of 8 colors that illuminate the side of the building. It’s pretty much ... read more
The Hotel pool at dusk
The guy with the Camels
Outdoor dining

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 2nd 2006

Everyone can tell you that in the winter months Dubai has a perfect climate. Average temperature is about 25 degrees, and with only five wet days per year the conditions are perfect for wandering along some of the beautiful beaches, around the old town and especially down by the creek. For info (should you be planning a trip to Dubai) December 2nd is one of the 5 wet days. It rains all day. And into the night too. Roads flood (you can't really justify drainage when rain is so rare), taxis become rarer than dodo doodoo and no-one knows where to go (except the shopping mall). Luckily we started the day in good cheer- a mammoth 14 hour sleepathon from the babe meant that we were all refreshed and good tempered, despite the weaher. So, what ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara December 2nd 2006

We know we are way behind in uploading (ok, writing) our travel journals - in our blog world we are still in Australia and it is July. Our notes keep growing and we are polishing more than a few new postings that we hope to bring to you soon. In the meantime…. Recently we concluded an unplanned but enriching trip through the nations of the Balkan Peninsula, specifically Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia, and we now find ourselves eating our way across Turkey. We have a way of being in the right place at the “right” time and we arrived in Turkey shortly before the Pope (or Papa, as the Turks call him). We’re not sure if it was smart or stupid but we moved around Turkey so as to avoid him, though we were able to ... read more
Preparations Outside Aya Sofya For The Pope's Visit
Asure
Iskender Kebap

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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 2nd 2006

For all of the people who are following my travels for this fantastic holiday and once in a lifetime opportunity. The flight was not that long and it passed sooner than I ever thought it could. There were so many things to do on the plane to keep me busy with that I barely saw the sun rise as we flew. Things like movies, live video concerts, music, internet and seat-to-seat calling. It was great fun. Landing in Dubai was a bit bumpy because there were quite a lot of rain. I will not be here long and will depart for London in one hour. Not much shopping time I suppose...... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 1st 2006

It should really be very simple. The first step is to catch a flight from London Heathrow to Dubai. OK there are a couple of things that need to be done first to prepare, but nothing too hard. So, wake up on Thursday morning full of cold (that is all three of us - a real family affair) and very excited. Eden is manhandled through basic dressing, and Lisa takes her to nursery as normal. We start to pack the pile of stuff that has been accumulating on the bed for a few days and it all fits into our bags with no problems. This is going well. Just need to clean the house now. What a chore!! I have no idea who normally does this, but hoovering, dusting, cleaning toilets and the like is no ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Al Ain » Jebel Hafeet December 1st 2006

Finally a break in my schedule and I am off to explore the big wide world again. This time to Jebel Hafeet, a 4000 foot mountain in Al Ain bordering Oman. The road was desribed as the greatest driving road in the world and I went to see if thats true!! I tied up all the loose strings at work and made some calls to mates who were interested in tagging along. But I realized my friends are all chickens down here. They keep talking about how they love to travel, camp, hike and make a fire and blah, blah, blah but when the real deal comes up its too cold or too late in the night or too long a stay!!! Travelling should be a full time hobby just like drugs or motocross. U gotta ... read more
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Twistys of Al Ain
Rock with an Attitude

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul November 30th 2006

We arrived in Istanbul in early morning and were dropped somewhere in the biggest bus station I've ever seen, and the most confusing. There's no central schedule, there are about 180 companies, all with their own offices and schedule and no one share the information. Crazy. We had some general direction to the hostel we wanted to go to but no guidebook. It was too early for money changing but we eventually found a cornerstore guy who was willing to exchange some euros. We eventually found the way through 2 metro ride to Sultanahmet, the tourist district of Istanbul. We found the hostel which we had been told was good but it was full so we opted for the Big Apple, another one just in front. Istanbul, the city at the junction of 2 continent. The ... read more
Nobody allowed to be in sight of the Pope
The crazy brothers
Taksim square

Middle East November 29th 2006

I woke up refreshed and enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee at the Terrace Restaurant al fresco, overlooking the sea. An hour strolling the ship’s lap track in the warm sun and cool breeze, was an amazing way to start the day (13 laps = 1 nautical mile). It was on to the cooking demo with the Executive Chef Pascal Leseur and his Executive Sous Chef Renauld Macouin. They were quite funny as they demonstrated their craft. It was done in the Nautica Theatre and they used video cams to zoom in on the cook’s table. It was like watching Rachel Ray at sea (with a heavy French accent…..of course!). They made a roasted duck salad with pineapple and cucumber, and we were all surprised when we each received an individual portion to sample. It was ... read more
Polo Grill Restaurant
Dark Belgian Chocolate Cake




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